It was not something that one would expect to see and witness during one's first ever Hajj?
To see a city that was the first ever abode of our Father Adam Alaihis Salam in the real sense after being commanded to leave Paradise and land down on Serendib ~ present day Sri Lanka, be reduced to being a litter strewn teeming city full of 3rd world litterbugs during the Hajj season which just ended!
Makkah al Mukarramah, the holiest spot on earth was practically overrun by Haj pilgrims - 3 to 4 million of them who despite being termed as Haji's and Hajjah's reduced the revered holy city to be literally swamped with all kinds of trash and filth especially along the roads leading to and fro Al-Moaissem, the tent city of Mina during the stoning at the Jamrats.
I don't blame the Saudis. They have spent billions of their riyals in building the infrastructures meant to cater for the needs of the pilgrims but sadly such pilgrims especially those coming from the Indian sub-continent, Bangladesh and Pakistan were those whom I saw really being responsible for such ecological disasters taking place all along the routes to Mina and the innercity areas of Makkah!
Tempers raged as a result of the indiscriminate dumping of trash by all those irresponsible Haj pilgrims and they practically caused a stench to envelop all those areas through which I and millions of others had to practically pinch shut our nostrils and walk through the litter filled routes to fulfill our Haj obligations and rituals.
I am not just saying these. I have photographic evidence of the littering done by the trash throwing hordes who didn't have a concern at all about the holy lands which they were desecrating?
I wonder what would the Prophet say to all these trash throwers if he was alive amongst us today?
They simply throw the food containers on to the street after eating out of them! No effort at all to throw the boxes into a garbage container or bin?
No one seems bothered to do anything about the trash that they kick about when walking through the trash littered streets of Makkah?
At least one pilgrim feels like me to pinch his nostrils in order not to have to sniff in the stench emanating from the trash littered streets of the holy city!
This is not something that we ought to allow to persevere and happen year in year out at what is supposed to be the holiest city on Earth for us who claim to be Muslims ?
What would the Blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam and his Companions say to all those who are fouling up their sacred city which they built up with their holy blood, sweat and tears?
What kind of Muslims are these litterbugs who rotten up the streets of Makkah al Mukarramah, year after year and yet return home to their countries as Haji's and Hajjah's despite fouling up the most sacred city on Earth during their Haj?
What aqeedah do these litterbugs possess or profess after fouling up Makkah al Mukarramah during their month long stay here?
I even saw a few of these Indian Muslims from Uttar Pradesh, India throw rubbish and spit at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah as we were queuing up behind them at Gate 4 pending our respective flights back home on Sunday the 20th of November, 2011!
In fact I reprimanded one of the litterbugs as he was spitting out something after munching what seemed to be like pistachio nuts on to the polished granite walkway of the airport!
Talk about unappreciative folks who know not that this here is an international airport not their village sidewalk back in Uttar Pradesh, India!!!
All I can say is that I was utterly disgusted with the ways of those uncouth folks who were the root cause of the piled up rubbish and trash during the Haj!
I propose that the Saudi Arabian authorities start imposing an on the spot fining of these litterbugs and give them no quarter as far as charging them litterbugs during the Hajj!
An on the spot charge of at least 50 Saudi Riyals should start inducing in them a fear of being summoned and hit them where it really hurts ~ their wallets and force them to clean up right there and then!
That is if we really wanna see a change in the attitude of all those litterbugs coming from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh?
Not to say that others don't litter up the city but from my observations, it is mainly from these 3 Asean countries that the majority of the trash throwers hail from?
Caught in the act of disposing rubbish indiscriminately!
What else need I say?
O thou pilgrims of the world!
When you pollute the streets of Makkah al Mukarramah, do you even bother to think what the Blessed Prophet of Allah, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam would think of you desecrating his holy city?
You rush to grab the reward of getting a 100,000 blessings in your account by offering a solat there in the Masjidilharam but you fail to observe the same diligence in taking care not to pollute the sacred city?
You create mountains of trash in and about Makkah whilst at the same time endeavor to purify yourself from the mountains of sin within your own self centered self!
Where is your conscience O Haj and Hajjah?